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Nov 15, 2011

Wake up call to governments – the time for action is now

Australians are missing out on affordable housing according to the COAG Reform Council’s report released today.

We at AAH think it’s time for action.

Commonwealth, States and Territories must redouble their efforts to deliver affordable housing programs given the COAG Reform Council indication of a significant failure to deliver on promised commitments in critical areas of housing. The Council’s Report states that progress has stalled on homelessness, the National Rental Affordability Scheme and the social housing program- all critical programs designed to improve access to affordable housing and support.

Today’s COAG Reform Council report should be a wake up call to governments around the country that the time for delay is over and the time for action is now.

With some of the world’s most unaffordable housing and extreme levels of housing stress we need to see government action at all levels to reverse the trend of less affordable housing.

Given the Government’s commitments to halving homelessness, it worrying that we’ve actually seen a slowing of the progress towards this goal.

It is time for the Prime Minister to announce a single housing Minister within Cabinet whose job is to focus on ensuring that all Australians have access to affordable housing and that all levels of government are focused on ensuring that it is delivered.

In the meantime we need to see action commence on ensuring that the next National Affordable Housing Agreement drives the sort of policy reform and investment required to actually deliver affordable housing- something that is sadly missing from the current agreement.

The Exec summary of the COAG reform report can be found here

To download the full media release click here


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